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soviet divisions seem to be really small and weak.
How is the allied front against them?
Any nukes appearing?
 

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trekaddict - Too bad for them they're somewhere in Siberia :)

darthkommandant - That depends if the Soviet capital is actually Moscow.

Enewald - Allied front is static, the US has penetrated some hundreds kilometers into the Siberian wastelands, the UK occupies Mongolia, while the situation is more fluid in Iran, where the two sides take and lose ground. German atomic research is still too primitive.

Updates.
 
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Cabinet Meeting May 1946

0000 June 1st 1946
Reichstag, Berlin

Everyone in the upper ranks of the Third Reich was extremely busy with the planning of the 1946 Summer Campaign, and now that Summer was a reality again, every bit of resource was concentrated on finally dealing the last stab to the Bear. Everyone amongst the top field marshals were already issuing orders to their subordinates, except one: Heinz Guderian paid a visit to the Reichstag so to acquire the latest information about Soviet strenght.

"So gentlemen, it appears we are very few this time. Not even Albert could come, looks like he's busy supervising the construction of our Nuclear reactors." Bormann said "So, this campaign is finally beginnin at its earnest. Ernst, what do we know about the enemy?"

"Last month we only made the opening moves of our imminent campaign. However, our spies have already reported some differences between last month's Soviet Army and today's."​

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"Eight less infantry divisions is very likely, while I don't think they have built six more Armored divisions. They have recently completed research on more modern Agricultural Production and Synthetic Oil Production techniques."​

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"US industrial growth has declined this month, perhaps they were reminded that they have a sort of Army to care about. In all response, they have completed four projects this month: a new air doctrine, the Flying Bomb the noobs, a new model of Air Transports and of Heavy Cruisers."​

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"On to the English; they seem to possess thirteen more infantry divisions. If they continue at this pace they're becoming stronger than the Soviet Union."

"Not that it takes that much to be stronger than them, now" commented Guderian with a grin.

"Right, Heinz, so what's your say on this? Are we ready for the final strike?"

"We're ready to strike yes, if that's our final strike I don't know, Martin. The numbers offered by Ernst are really good, we even have numerical superiority against the Soviet Union. I estimate that we'll be able to destroy one third of the Soviet Army by the end of Summer - around 80 to 90 divisions - if everything goes well."

"Fine. Let the tanks roll!" concluded Bormann.​
 

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Red Storm

0400 June 1st 1946
Siauliau, Soviet Union

Contrary to all the good omens that predicted a steady fall of the Soviet Union, the month of June started with a Soviet initiative.​

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Field Marshal Malinovskij was one of those Soviet officers that were left unscathed by the trail of destruction offered by the Luftwaffe, and so he could still afford the luxury of throwing thirty fully supplied divisions into the fray. Field Marshal List would have to hold out against superior numbers and without air support.​

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General Wünnenberg would immediately come to List's aid with three Armored divisions and one Infantry.​

0500 June 1st 1946
Heeresgruppe Nord Overview

The attack on Siauliau caught the Germans a bit off-guard, but this did not disrupt their plans; instead, it only anticipated them. Two attacks would indeed be ordered in Grodno and Alytus.​

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Kesselring and von Rundstedt demonstrated to the Soviets that their numerical superiority was a thing of the past. And, although the attack on Alytus was faint-hearted at start, it helped relieve the pressure on Field Marshal List.​

0800 June 1st 1946
Rzhev, Soviet Union

Elsewhere in the Soviet Union, someone else in the Kremlin was very worried about one certain sight.​

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And such sight was that of German forces at the outskirts of Moscow. Perhaps the presence of Hausser scared the Soviets so much that some divisions began to march south. In fact, Hausser reported an estimate of eleven divisions in the city, but some of them were actually leaving it.​

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The Soviets once again took the initiative intercepting several German squadrons. Perhaps they wanted to show that they could still react, but they brought in the wrong planes accidentally.​

1300 June 2nd 1946
Siauliau, Soviet Union

The Soviet counter-offensive was stopped on its tracks, as List and his forces have prevailed in Siauliau. Things for the Soviets would now deteriorate very soon.​

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A full advance over all the front was planned.​

0800 June 3rd 1946
Rybinsk, Soviet Union

In the meantime, as Soviet troops were abandoning Moscow en masse, German forces were approaching the outskirts of Moscow from the northern direction.​

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Three divisions were blocking their path, at least until they were annihilated. Victory was attained one day later.​

2100 June 4th 1946
Heeresgruppe Nord Overview

Back into the Baltic states, the Soviet situation turned for the worse. List was now taking revenge as he turned on the direction of his previous attackers, and Kaunas fell shortly after. Attacks on Alytus and Grodno were well underway.​

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So much fear was instilled in the Soviet leaders, that most of the Soviet Union's stockpiles, the Government and the Capital were moved to Gorkij. The shadows of 1941 were dangerously true for the Soviets this time, only that there were no Siberian divisions to save them this time.​

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Soviet forces were apparently transforming a retreat into a general rout. Kaunas fell, Jekapils too, and in fear of being encircled, the defenders of Alytus wisely chose to retreat to Grodno, where von Rundstedt was blowing the defenses to smithereens. The first attempt at encircling Soviet troops had failed, but this lightning advance using only frontal attacks showed how much sandy and crumbly had the Soviet frontline become.​

0000 June 6th 1946
Intelligence Dept. Berlin

In more quiet locations, research did not stop for the German war machine.​

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Messerschmitt had completed work on a better model of Turbojet Interceptors; now it was the turn of Fighters.​
 
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Red Storm

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0700 June 6th 1946
Heeresgruppe Nord, Overview

Soviet resistance stiffened as von Rundstedt split his forces to attack Bialystok, whose defenders were well dug-in and prepared to face such an attack. Grodno saw his defenders completely exhausted however, as German forces, even without air support, inflicted a terrific amount of casualties.​

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The attack on Bialystok would soon be aborted, but Grodno would soon fall.​

0400 June 7th 1944
Mozhalsk, Soviet Union

On the other end of that enormous pincer that aimed to trap a hefty amount of Soviet forces, that is the German forces East to Heeresgruppe North, targeted another province bordering with Moscow.​

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In less than a week those previously well-supplied divisions would suffer a large amount of casualties, much like countless others.​

0000 June 7th 1946
Heeresgruppe Nord, Battles Overview

One week into the start of the Summer campaign, the Germans have already inflicted appalling casualties to the Soviet forces and gained several dozens of kilometers. Everywhere the Germans were fighting almost-won battles, except for Bialystok and a Soviet counter-attack on Jekapils.​

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German forces in Jekapils would be ordered to hold at the moment. Something more important was underway, and it would be revealed soon to the Soviet forces.​

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Von Rundstedt finally aborted the attack on Bialystok and instead concentrated on Grodno. There were thirty-five Soviet divisions awaiting their doom there.​

0500 June 9th
Dagaupulis, Soviet Union

The plan was finally revealed, as German forces cut a massive hole through Soviet forces covering that strip of land connecting Hausser, by now to the Moscow outskirts, and von Rundstedt's Heeresgruppe Nord. Now, such forces were part of a rather large bulge, and General Förtsch would proceed to close it. Depending on the situation, he would attack either Toropets or Velikiye Luki.​

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On the Eastern tip of the bulge there were many divisions under Hausser's command that were eager to put a fight, so those troops had very little chance to escape the encirclement that was being inexorably formed.​

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German defenses in Jekapils were shattered however, and it wouldn't be long before they would retreat. Grodno, on the other hand, was completely exhausted. Despite attracting Soviet divisions like magnets, each one of them had been cared for by forty-five German divisions.​

0000 June 13th 1946
Intelligence Dept., Berlin

Hugo Sperrle was working on a relatively new branch for the German forces, that of Strategic Bombardment.​

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The gap was still large, but he ensured that it wouldn't get any bigger.​

0600 June 13th 1946
Mozhalsk, Soviet Union

Hausser was trying to encircle the city of Moscow, and the Soviet forces only seemed to lend him a hand in doing so.​

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Eight Soviet divisions were nothing but glorious past.​

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With those troops' endurance and strenght faltering, Hausser shifted forces towards Toropets, the last open gap of the Soviet bulge. Soviet troops were attempting to flee, and the outcome of the battle was very uncertain at start. A fast victory or a bloody stalemate would decide the fate of the Soviet bulge.​

0900 June 14th 1946
Rybinsk, Soviet Union

"So, everything is set?"

"It is."

"Issue the orders, then."

Word was finally given from the high floors to begin attack against the former Soviet capital, Moscow. German forces surrounded fifty percent of the city, and only one Armored division was guarding it.​

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As the news of the German attack on Moscow started circulating, the World held his breath.​
 
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As of late I always have the slower, but more MP-preserving tactic of not going for the targets, but rather spending the first year making numerous small encirclements. I've found that that erodes teh Red Army much faster.
 

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Heh, glorious red tanks defend a huge city. :D
A nice big pocket in north.
And a kinda useless bloody battle in Grodno. The Reich should not lose that much men on one useless attack. :eek:o

How many casualities since the spring offensive begun?
 

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Inner Circle - That can be interpreted in various ways, so let me add this is a bloody red end :)

Connavar - The most humiliating thing is that they are experiencing the same kind of retreat for the second time.

darthkommandant - The Soviets might be moving their stockpile once again. Once Moscow falls, the stockpile-catching game will continue, though.

clifton - In a certain way it would, as, with the North taken, when you take the South there really is little of value left in their hands. Baku is not 1946's business, I think.

trekaddict - I can imagine that the German leaders were a bit too exstatic to include Moscow in their kill-list, but this is not at the expense of leaving the Red Army alive! :)

Enewald - Five tanks are defending that huge city. One for each side of the Red Square, one is dug in the Kremlin. The pocket we'll see its fate in this update. And I can reveal this pocket is only a mere forecast for the future. About Grodno, er, actually it's the Soviets who are taking heavy losses. Not sure about the number of casualties, estimates calculated upon my manpower reserves (minus the manpower growth, of course) range from 40,000 to 60,000.

Update to end June. Almost.

EDIT - With much delight I discover that I can post more than 10 images per post. Though I don't like the revamped forum style, this is one less headache to care about. Or could I post more than 10 images before the forum update?

EDIT EDIT - Edited the Index on the first post, three months added.
 
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Red Storm

1800 June 14th 1946
Jekapils, Soviet Union

In mid-June, the Wehrmacht hadn't achieved any serious damage to the Soviet Army yet. The Red Army, while in full retreat, still maintained almost the same strenght it had before the offensive began, and in some points it could even retaliate.​

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Jekapils was too lightly defended to resist a Soviet attack. No resistance was offered, as it was unrelevant to do so.​

0900 June 16th 1946
Velikiye Luki, Soviet Union

Somewhere else, things looked grim for the Soviet forces; the bulge previously created was now coming to a close, and around ten Soviet divisions would fall in a hefty pocket.​

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Chances that they would escape were too slim to succeed.​

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A minor worry had risen in Jekapils as the Soviets occupied the region. It was a minor concern though, as the Soviet forces were too light to attempt a breakthrough to the Baltic Sea, even if Riga was left undefended.​

1200 June 16th 1946
Heeresgruppe Nord, Soviet Union

On June 16th, the Wehrmacht finally scored another strategic victory as Velikiye Luki fell, leaving more than ten Soviet divisions cut from the mainland.​

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This would be the first major score of the 1946 campaign. Ten divisions could've been a minor dent to the Soviet war machine back in 1941, but now they would feel the difference as they already had few divisions to plug the gaps in their lines. German forces immediately started to shrink the pocket.​

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It took five hours to push eight divisions out of Opochka.​

2200 June 16th 1946
Moscow, Soviet Union

Even if there was only one division defending the former capital city of the Soviet Union, it heroically stood against twelve of its counterpart, assaulted from three directions, besieged from day to night.​

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By now, Hausser became used to Urban tactics and developed a keen interest in local encirclement tactics. How long that division would hold, however, and if the Soviets would bring reinforcements, his battered divisions couldn't know.​

0700 June 17th 1946
Novorzhev, Soviet Union

Victory was immediate as the pocket was swiftly closed. Three more divisions fell under the grasp of the Wehrmacht, with some others still retreating from other places.​

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The Soviet Union would have plenty of new names to recycle for their new divisions, but not as plenty of manpower perhaps.​

0800 June 20th 1946
Heeresgruppe Mitte, Soviet Union

Other sectors were far from quiet, as Heeresgruppen Nord and Mitte pressed towards the battered Soviet divisions.​

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The attack on Wilno would meet an end very soon with a German victory, while Mozhalsk would hold a bit more.​

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What seemed like a generic frontal assault all over the front was actually part of another encirclement operation. The Soviets only helped the process by attacking Suwalki and forming themselves a bulge the Wehrmacht wanted to create, as Grodno fell to their forces and little else was behind it to hold the German advance.​

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With Grodno, forty Soviet divisions left a staggering amount of casualties, and they now faced the unsurmountable task of defending against the same enemies, stronger as ever. Baranowicze could not be held for any longer than a few days, and the Soviet divisions would be further mauled.​

1900 June 21st, 1946
Wilno, Soviet Union

Wilno fell with little resistance offered by the Soviet Army, and more German divisions were free to perform another task.​

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Von Rundstedt would spearhead another attack further East.​

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Lida would be his next target. While the Soviet defenses were ridiculously weak, he was sure that it would attract Soviet reinforcement from nearby provinces, creating the premises for another encirclement.​

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That was not the only encirclement being planned, as Model started to test the Soviet defenses in Bielsk. With Slonim falling on the 23rd, the survival of almost ten Soviet divisions would only depend on how long their defenses in Bielsk would hold.​
 

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Bielsk, the name tells that it is not gonan hold. :D

Nice nice!
Moreeee!
 

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Die rote Götterdämmerung

They were victorious. They had defeated their long-sworn enemy. They had vanquished their most brutal foe, the one that threatened the very existence of the Fatherland itself. But were they really victorious?

Were they so, as they quietly marched thru a desert city. Nothing but an eerie silence fell upon the city on June 23rd, as the last tattered band of resistance was harshly destroyed. Nothing but the roll of tracks and the thumps of boots was heard, and even that was a deaf sound compared to the vastness of the location. There was no populace to greet them, no populace to oppose them. In fact, there was no populace at all, for it had completely abandoned the city.

Were they so? What had they done?

At one point, everything really fell silent. The tanks gears stopped, the soldiers halted their march. Their expression had always been the same for ages. A passive, stoic neutrality. Orders were given, orders were executed. It was like that everywhere. Nowhere the free thought was really to be considered 'free'. War was in the normal state of things, war was the normal state of man. Nothing made big news anymore, nothing was relevant anymore. Everyone accepted it. Everyone put up with it.

Were they really victorious? At the point the guns fell silent, the tanks gears stopped, a batch of artillery was sent in. And, at that point, the final order was given.

Thirty artillery pieces fired simultaneously. The thunderous fire broke the unreal silence all of a sudden. And, after what seemed an eternity, a hail of shells exploded on the target. Then, as the structure crumbled, silence once again. Smoke and dust.

What was the image of Soviet power in the world was now a pile of rubble, defended by the Spasskaya towers, violated by intruders, destroyed by their most hated enemy. The Kremlin was no more.

The Red bleeding Bear kneeled down to the Invader.​

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It was the beginning of a Red Twilight.​
 
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Sieg in Moskau!

Or are you destroying the city completely and renaming it? :p
Schwarzfluss?